The band was a seminal influence on different trends in punk rock, from hardcore punk to death metal, and even pioneered the underground capitalism of do- it-yourself record labels that flourished among the 1980s' punk rock bands. In fact, SST Records was the label for numerous other important bands, including the Minutemen, Meat Puppets, and Husker Du, and released some albums by Negativland, Soundgarden, and, for a while, Sonic Youth.
Over the course of the 1980s, their sound, as well as their notoriety, evolved in ways that alienated their early punk audience. They grew their hair long and played longer, slower, and more complex songs at a time when many bands in their milieu stuck to a raw, fast, three-chord format. As a result, Black Flag's discography is more varied than much of the hardcore of the 1980s.
Throughout their ten-year career as a band, Black Flag's experiences became legendary in the southern California area, chronicled in Henry Rollins' own published tour diary Get In The Van. They were blacklisted by the LAPD and Hollywood rock clubs because of the destructiveness of their fans, and were involved in legal battles once they attempted more mainstream distribution for their records.
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Lead Guitar: Greg Ginn
Rhythm guitar (Damaged): Dez Cadena
Bass: Chuck Dukowski, Kira Roessler, C'el Revuelta
Drums: Brian Migdol, ROBO, Emil Johnson, Chuck Biscuits, Bill Stevenson, Anthony Martinez
Front Man: Keith Morris, Chavo Pederast A.K.A. Ron Reyes, Dez Cadena, Henry Rollins
Singles & EPs